We’ve all been concerned about the adverse effects of climate change. If you have been living in a metropolis, chances are that a ‘breath of fresh air’ may seem like a myopic day dream, once you roll down the window of your chosen ride. Social media has been buzzing with videos of ecological catastrophes across the world. Smoggy city skylines with a fervour of gloomy incandescence remind us that a lot needs to be done in this perspective. And, it needs to be done now. Also, you are not alone. A host of celebrity ‘climate activists’ have been rallying around this critical factor of ‘change’.
Leonardo Di Caprio, Greta Thunberg, Jane Fonda, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Russel Brand, Emma Thomson, Robert Redford (among others) all share a common singular agenda of raising awareness against ‘climate change’. This club just got a brand new patron with Jeff Bezos pledging $10 Billion dollars in the Earth Fund.
The question remains as to how technology can play a pivotal role in lessening the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels, hence lowering the carbon footprint?
The answer is a resounding ‘YES’!
Rapid advancements in Internet of Things (IOT), higher data transmission speeds (5G), cheap internet packs, access to data-sets to develop rudimentary Proof of Concepts (POCs) and a brave new world of enterprising startups spearheaded by young fearless minds have ushered in a new sustainable reality.
The Internet of Things (according to Google) is the interconnection via the internet of computer devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.
Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory firm, reports that 14 billion ‘connected things’ have been sensing and transmitting data to the internet. This is predicted to rise to a whopping 25 Billion ‘connected things’ by 2021.
Intelligent Traffic Management solution to curb pollution caused by vehicles
Road transportation contributes 24% of CO2 emissions around the world. 72% of global transport emissions are directly connected to road transport vehicles. High volume of traffic, bad urban planning, old vehicles which blatantly flout emission norms, inability to stop ignition at road signals and outdated traffic management systems have all added to this mess.
We at Data Analytec have long grappled with the idea of providing an Intelligent traffic Management solution that goes beyond the status-quo. Data fetched from cameras at traffic signals, GPS devices in vehicles and advanced sensors can be utilized to understand traffic patterns at scale. This data is presently gathered by city traffic management units from municipal / law establishments to manage existing traffic. However, this data is kept confidential and used mainly by traffic police via a secured channel, like radio signal based ‘walkie-talkies’ to direct traffic during ‘rush hours’ or during movement of ‘high value’ public personalities.
Establishing a connection between GPS devices (in vehicles) and traffic cameras, city traffic management teams can gain helpful insights in real-time. This information can then be delivered to drivers and notify them about the present status of their current route. The vehicle can change the initial route and avoid traffic jams, hence lessening the amount of emission in a static / idle mode. This results in an improved traffic experience, a significant reduction in traffic jams and secure transportation.
Stay tuned for exciting updates on how we are helping civic bodies / government think tanks in creating a positive change in this regard.
Till then, take a deep breath, share your views and plant a tree maybe?
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